Thai cave rescue: UK cavers say rescue will be tough

Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai Thailand

Thai cave rescue: UK cavers say rescue will be tough

There was much work to be done in preparing the boys for what could be a demanding task, and rescue teams should not be pressured to act faster, said a deputy government spokesman, Weerachon Sukondhapatipak, who was at the cave on Wednesday. However, no one on the team knows how to swim, let alone dive, so there's an extremely-high safety risk in having them try to navigate the challenging underwater route.

The boys and their coach are not in danger of drowning. Former Real Madrid and Brazil soccer legend Ronaldo spoke to CNN at an event in Russian Federation about the soccer team.

In response the British diver says: "No, no not today. many, many people are coming. we are the first".

Fuchs won the Premier League title with Thai-owned Leicester in 2016.

"Hi, I'm Christian Fuchs from English Premier League team, Leicester City Football Club".

"The water is very strong and space is narrow".

Kathleen Graham, president of the Alberta Speleological Society, said she remembers "pure relief" washing over her as she emerged from the darkness of Mexico's Sistema Huautla in April. Everyone is working their hardest. Numerous boys can not swim or dive, and there is a high risk they might panic in the dark, murky, narrow waterways.

The boys are being entertained, and a phone line is being installed to permit them to speak with their families, the BBC reported. Gen. Bancha Duriyaphan said.

A new dam at the southern end of the site has also been set up to take outflows from the cave as the pumping operation continues. "The pressure will be immensely reduced", another military spokesman, said.

Experienced divers are wary of taking out the boys through the dark and unsafe waters still in the cave, especially since they are untrained, but said it would be possible to teach them minimal skills.

With these factors in mind, Thai Navy SEALs are now rushing to teach the adolescents how to properly dive.

The two latest videos posted to a navy Facebook page late Wednesday morning show a Navy SEAL treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment. Video of the boys from inside the cave surfaced recently, showing each of them smiling, flashing peace signs and telling the world they're in good health.

An Australian cave diving expert earlier warned that the boys and their soccer coach are likely to be stuck there for months due to the cave's structure and difficulty to traverse it. While Thailand does have warmer temperatures than some places where cave divers explore, the boys will still be under the water. The group has been given high-protein gels to rebuild their strength.

Fresh details of the operation underway at the Tham Luang Nang Non to free the team were emerging on Thursday, as rescuers pushed ahead with multiple plans to extricate the group trapped underground for nearly two weeks. They've practiced wearing diving masks and breathing, in preparation for the possibility they may have to dive. They tried doing the same on Tuesday, however, the equipment was damaged by water.

"They don't have to leave all at once". "Who is ready first can go first".

"Their conditions, we can see that their morale is good but what about their strength and their ability?"

"We got to do it before the rain comes. I think it's important as a country for us to be there, after what we miners went through", he told AFP.

They are hoping that an upgraded draining effort can lower the water level in an area where it is still at the ceiling or just about.

Rescuers had to contend with days of heavy rain that flooded the cave complex at the beginning of the search but the weather has been relatively dry for the past four days. Soldiers dressed in green fatigues practiced evacuation drills, linking arms to form a human wall around the mouth of the cave. But even as the group of 13 receives medical attention and nourishment, she said, their path to safety remains uncertain. "I told them that all the big teams had gone home", the navy SEAL member said. It's physically strenuous: "in water, through blackout conditions, through tight squeezes for hundreds of meters".

According to The Guardian, about 3,400 gallons (13,000 liters) of water are being pumped out of the cave per hour.

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